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Royal colleges issue guide to improve healthcare for looked-after children

New guidance has been published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Royal College of GPs (RCGP) regarding the wellbeing of look after children.

The guidance suggests that that named doctors for looked-after children are allocated at least four hours per week to handle a caseload of 400 children in care. Also each specialist nurse should have a caseload of 100 looked-after children. 

It has been produced in response to NSPCC statistics showing that looked-after children are more likely to have higher incidence of long-term conditions such as speech and language delays, asthma, bedwetting, and unrecognised visual and hearing impairment. They also have higher incidences of drug and alcohol abuse, and teenage pregnancies, with up to 72 per cent also suffering emotional health and mental health problems.

To read the guidance see here.